With telephones down and wireless service disrupted, at least one group of people did manage last week to use technology to come to the rescue of those in need. Often unsung, amateur radio operators regularly assist in emergency situations. Hurricane Katrina was no exception. For the past week, operators of amateur, or ham, radio have been instrumental in helping residents in the hardest hit areas, including saving stranded flood victims in Louisiana and Mississippi. Public service has always been a large part of being an amateur radio operator.
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QRZ Forums. On Sunday night May 22, while a young amateur was finishing with post Skywarn Net Control duties, a voice was heard calling for help over the Kd0bwt, Caleb Burns, responded to that call that was made from Freeman Hospital in Joplin Missouri after a devastating EF5 tornado had destroyed much of their community and their local regional medical facility. Crucial medical supplies were ordered and medical teams were called to duty as a result of that call. Initially, the call was made by an IT person at that location who was asked to begin the transmissions. He was relieved by n0ekp Thomas J Ellicott who deployed to assist his own stricken community.
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Polk County Amateur Radio. Working to better serve you through amateur radio capabilities! We maintain the same skills and capabilities we built and maintained under ARES. There are no dues to be part of our amateur radio team.